While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 6 edition

Swiss say ‘no thanks’ to basic income for all

The Swiss on Sunday (June 5) flatly rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a basic income. 

Final results in the referendum showed 76.9 per cent of voters opposed the initiative to provide an unconditional, basic income (UBI) to each Swiss national, along with foreigners who have been legal residents for at least five years. 

Supporters had argued that such an income would help fight poverty and inequality in a world where good jobs with steady salaries are increasingly hard to come by. 


Sri Lanka ammunition dump explodes, killing one

Powerful explosions continued to ripple through a military ammunition depot on the edge of Sri Lanka’s capital on Monday (June 6), as firefighters battled huge blazes six hours after the initial blasts that have forced thousands to flee. 

Police said the explosions at the Salawa military had diminished in strength but residents were still being told to leave the area which was blanketed with heavy smoke as officials tried to determine the cause of the blasts. 

At least one soldier died of burns and two others were wounded following the fire and explosions, according to private television network Sirasa, though officials did not confirm any fatalities. 


French President Francois Hollande acknowledges threat of Euro 2016 attack

French President Francois Hollande acknowledged on Sunday there was a threat of an attack during the Euro 2016 football championship but said the country must not be intimidated.

He also issued an appeal for a halt to transport strikes that threaten to disrupt the month-long football extravaganza opening on Friday.


Iraqi forces find mass grave near Fallujah

Iraqi forces discovered a mass grave on Sunday (June 5)after retaking an area from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group near Fallujah, where the jihadists are using thousands of civilians as human shields.

Growing numbers of families reaching camps south of Fallujah told horrific accounts of how ISIS shot at them as they fled, but there was still no escape for the tens of thousands believed trapped in the city centre.

In Saqlawiya, northwest of Fallujah, Iraqi forces found a burial site thought to contain the bodies of around 400 people, most of them soldiers executed by ISIS in 2014 and 2015.


Tennis: Novak Djokovic wins first French Open to hold all four grand slam titles at same time

Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time.

The world number one recovered from a nervous start to impose his pace on Court Philippe Chatrier and clinch his 12th grand slam crown after three previous failures in a Roland Garros final.

Djokovic is only the third man after Don Budge and Rod Laver to hold the four majors at the same time, and the eighth man to triumph at Wimbledon and the French, US and Australian Opens.